V For Vendetta Voices Our Fears
Alan Moore and David Lloyd created the cautionary comic V for Vendetta in the early 80’s, but it would be impossible for a 21st century telling of the tale not to evoke our current authoritarian leaders, or the gradual forfeitures of our civil rights.
Embracing this inevitability, the Wachowski brothers have condensed this British epic into a slightly more modern — and slightly more American — rebuke of those who would sacrifice freedom in the name of security.
Hugo Weaving, as the masked provocateur “V”, single-handedly confronts the near-future fascist British state with equal parts eloquent philosophy and large-scale demolition. Natalie Portman’s Evey is a common worker caught up in this titanic struggle, and is befriended by the titular character. Their relationship constantly evolves throughout the film, but their personal transformations are the heart of the movie.
The violence is a little too pretty, and events are a little too neatly wrapped up, but whatever your political leanings, the message is clear: a government that does not serve it’s people serves no purpose at all.
Written by Jeff in March of 2006. Last edited March 2019.